Why are you atheist?
I am not convinced there is any evidence that indicates the existence of gods. I also lack any belief in spirits, souls, an afterlife, prophecy, ghosts, zombies, vampires, faeries/pixies, witchcraft, the loch ness monster, big foot, UFO abductions, or L. Ron Hubbard (they made him up to scare Tom Cruise's kids).
What is your religious background?
I was raised Catholic, and my mother insisted I go through Confirmation. I agreed on condition that I would no longer be required to attend mass with my family, though I have sat through a few since (including a mass held in Rome).
Isn't Atheism a religion?
No, Atheism (with a big A) is not a religion, but it is a statement of faith ("I believe there are no gods"). However, atheism (with a little a) is not a statement of faith, merely a rejection of the God Theory. I am atheist, not Atheist. The difference between an atheist and an agnostic is that an agnostic is unsure whether to reject the God Theory. For more information on why I feel I can make this distinction, read this. For more information on why atheism is not a religion, see here and here.
Do you read/follow/worship at the altar of Dawkins/Harris/Hitchens?
I am aware of their work, but have never read a single book by any of these men (though I have read some excerpts and essays). I have never even read a book I would consider "atheist" in theme. George Carlin is one atheist with whom I identify. I do not hate or despise religion, I find it hilarious.
Have you considered religions outside of Christianity?
A great deal of my short adult life has been spent learning about religion and mythology. I am aware of the multitude of faiths available to humanity, both past and present, and I understand that all religions have something positive to offer. I am also aware that the "truths" which lure followers are dwarfed by the lies which hold them captive to ignorance upon accepting the whole religion. Moreover, the existence of so many different religions means one of three things:
1. They are all equally right [logically impossible]
2. They are all equally wrong [despite each claiming otherwise]
3. One is correct [which one?]
Don't you want to go to heaven and avoid hell?
Ahh, Pascal's Wager. I have a wager for you, called Ginx's Wager. I believe that nothing happens after we die. This is not a pleasant thought, and I prefer the idea of burning in hell forever. Therefore, even if I am wrong and am sent to hell, I will be pleasantly surprised to know I can continue to exist forever, even if it is in excruciating agony. However, no pain can truly have an effect forever, and I imagine it will be like getting into hot tub: bad at first, but eventually you'll get used to it, maybe even find it kind of pleasant (kind of like life in general). However, most theologians accept the notion that hell has nothing to do with fire, but is instead "the absence of God." In this case, hell will be no different than my earthly existence.
Then again, one must consider the posibility that I may get into heaven. Gandhi was not a Christian, though he was aware of Christianity. Despite rejecting Jesus' saving grace, many Christians believe a man of his moral caliber will go to heaven anyway. While I'm no Gandhi, I still have a non-zero chance of getting into heaven (according to some non-fundamentalist forms of Christian theology). And if Gandhi didn't get into heaven, I have no interest in going.
Let me know what hell is like.
That's not a question, but I appreciate your curious nature. For one thing, I'm not sure how I can inform you, unless I get to come back as a ghost to warn people. If I figure out how to do this, I will be happy to oblige your request.